So much fun if you are interested in space-exploration, astronomy, and boldly going...
The tour is quite informative. It usually starts in the little museum in the visitor center, you'll see a video, go over to the Spacecraft Operations Facility, Spacecraft Assembly, and best of all - the JPL store that offers cool NASA stuff.
It's free, but you have to make reservations. You definitely need ID to get into the lab.
Learn about the history of JPL and the satellites that have been launched. The Mars Rover(s) were all built by JPL and you get to see the mission control room that tracks all the satellites they have launched. All tours are free, 2-2.5 hours and only a couples times a week.
RESERVATIONS are a must! JPL requires that all U.S. citizens, 18 years of age or older, present official, government issued photo identification (driver's license or passport) before being allowed entry. All non-U.S. Citizens 18 years of age or older must present a passport or resident visa (green card) before being allowed entry. Individuals without proper identification will not be admitted to the Laboratory.
Please be advised that tours involve a considerable amount of walking and stair climbing. Wheelchair access can be accommodated with advance notice, however wheelchairs cannot be provided. Don't forget to dress for the weather the tour will proceed rain or shine!
Persons not on the roster arriving the day of the tour will not be admitted. Parking is limited so get there early.
The Jet Propulsion Laboratory is the lead U.S. center for robotic exploration of the solar system.
The JPL Public Services Office offers tours free of charge for groups and individuals on an advance reservation basis.
Advance reservations are required for all tours; please call well in advance.
All tours are 2-2.5 hours in duration and commonly include a multi-media presentation on JPL entitled "Welcome to Outer Space," which provides an overview of the Laboratory's activities and accomplishments. Guests may also visit the von Karman Visitor Center, the Space Flight Operations Facility, and the Spacecraft Assembly Facility.
Visitor Day Tours
Several times per month we offer Visitor Day tours for individuals and families (up to nine persons). These tours run approximately once per week on Monday or Wednesday on an alternating basis. Visitor Day Tours are generally held at 1:00 p.m.
Currently all Visitor Day Tours must be booked at least 6 months in advance.
Tours for groups of 10 or more, with a maximum of 40 persons, are available throughout the week and are booked by an initial telephone call to make a tentative reservation. Morning and afternoon group tours are offered Monday through Friday. Please call for available times and dates."
For reservations, please contact:
Public Services Office
Mail Stop 186-113
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
4800 Oak Grove Drive
Pasadena, CA 91109
Phone: (818) 354-9314
Fax: (818) 393-4641